Glenrothes celebrates 60th anniversary with visit from Moderator

St Columba's Church in Glenrothes is celebrating its 60th anniversary this Sunday with a visit from Martin Fair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 5:04 pm

The Church of Scotland decided to build the church in 1959 after hearing that people in the area were congregating in Warout Primary School in the town for prayer, and recognised a need for a permanent place of worship.

St Columba's Church in the town centre was the answer to this problem, and the church was was built as part of the ‘New Churches for New Towns’ project with it first opening for service on April 14, 1961.

Rev Alan Kimmitt said: “This week marks the 60th anniversary of the first service held in t Columba’s Church building.

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St Columba's when it was first built.

"This will be a big day for St Columba’s, but it will also be a big day for the Moderator as, under normal circumstances, he would have been visiting many churches and other groups around Scotland and beyond.

St Columba's being built.

"With the recent easing of restrictions, this will be one of the few occasions when he has been able to make a real visit.”

Rt Rev Dr Martin Fair will be holding a service at 11:00and his sermon also being streamed online to ensure no one misses out.

"We have room in the church for 50 people, with space in the hall for a further 20,” Rev Kimmett added.

“We will also be adhering to all the relevant coronavirus precautions.”

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